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  • Anti-LGBT Parents Force Tennessee School Board To Consider Shutting Down Gay-Straight Alliance

    Anti-LGBT Parents Have Compared GSAs to ISIS, Anti-LGBT Students Have Worn 'Straight Pride' T-Shirts

    The school board in Franklin County, Tennessee, is set to discuss polices related to student clubs Monday following weeks of controversy over a newly formed Gay-Straight Alliance. 

    After years of requests from LGBTQ students, administrators finally approved the GSA at Franklin County High School (FCHS) last month pursuant to the Federal Equal Access Act, which effectively gives them a choice between allowing the club or banning all non-curricular organizations.

    The decision to approve the GSA led to intense backlash in the remote town of Winchester, population 8,500, with opponents comparing the club to the terror group ISIS on social media, and anti-LGBT bullies vandalizing its posters and wearing "Straight Pride" signs, as first reported by The New Civil Rights Movement

    RELATED: Tennessee Parents Wage War On Gay-Straight Alliance, Compare Club To ISIS

    GSA opponents launched a Facebook page calling for people to speak against the club at Monday's school board meeting, but officials initially indicated they wouldn't be discussing the issue because the decision to approve the club had already been made. However, last week, three of the district's policies related to student clubs and organizations were added to the board's agenda

    "I am very concerned that the issue of 'Student Clubs and Organizations' has been added as an ACTION item to the Agenda for the BOE [Board of Education] meeting on Monday," the GSA's faculty sponsor wrote on the group's Facebook page

    Two supporters of the GSA told The New Civil Rights Movement they're unsure what action school board members intend to take regarding the policies. GSA supporters are planning a rally prior to the school board meeting, which has been moved from its normal location to Franklin County High School. 

    Meanwhile, bullying of the club's supporters has continued — both online and inside the high school. One GSA member reported last week that another student threw water on him in the cafeteria, but school officials refused to do anything about it. The GSA member said he's considering filing a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, which — under the Obama administration — has cracked down on districts that fail to protect LGBT students against bullying and harassment. 

    Meanwhile, on the Facebook page opposing the GSA, which is open for anyone, including LGBTQ students of all ages to read,  opponents have continued their hateful cyber-attacks on LGBTQ students and all those involved in the student group:

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    On the bright side, the GSA has received support from all over the world, and organizers haven't lost their sense of humor: 

     

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    If the school board shuts down the GSA, the district would almost certainly face an immediate lawsuit from civil rights groups such as the ACLU or Lambda Legal. 

    It's difficult to imagine school board members would be wiling to expose the district to this type of liability in the name of anti-LGBT bigotry, and it's doubtful a federal court would take kindly to such a move given that officials have already acknowledged they're required to allow the club under the Equal Access Act — unless, of course, they also want to get rid of organizations like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and P7, both of which have chapters at Franklin County High School. 

    Another possibility is that school board members want to add language to the policies to appease GSA opponents, who've said they feel the club is promoting an "agenda." In fact, sources say the school has already implemented a new rule requiring all club posters to be placed in one location, in response to controversy over the GSA's posters. School officials have also been accused of failing to discipline those students who wore "Straight Pride" posters in response to the GSA. 

    In any case, Monday's meeting should be interesting. Stay tuned to The New Civil Rights Movement for updates.   

     

     

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    • commented 2016-02-10 04:05:00 -0500
      I like this www.qoosi.com

    • commented 2016-02-07 21:08:31 -0500
      Dude. If you’re going to quote Leviticus, please note that almost everyone on earth is going to hell because of it because of it. Leviticus 19:19 which tells everyone not to wear clothes made out of multiple fabrics and Leviticus 11:9-12 states that anything that isn’t fish is an abomination and shouldn’t be eaten, anyone without seafood allergies have probably eaten shrimp an abomination according to Leviticus.

    • commented 2016-02-07 15:59:07 -0500
      The only terrorists are the people who fear gay people so much that they try to block other straight folks from trying to get along with gay folks. The word is “Radical Christianity.” It is very real.

    • commented 2016-02-07 13:36:28 -0500
      I just wanted to make a connection to another “controversy” brewing in Tennessee regarding State Representative Jeremy Durham who is from Franklin County and represents that district. He has resigned from his Majority Whip position due to sexual harassment allegations, and was once convicted of possessing child pornography. This is the type man these so called Christians elect, yet supporting kids is too awful for them to allow. Hypocrisy at its best.
      http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/politics/state/story/2015/dec/16/after-child-porn-plea-judge-praises-jeremy-durham-moral-courage/340708/

      http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2016/01/24/durham-resigns-whip-after-tennessean-investigation/79267590/

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